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    Review - Chris Rock, July Delpy Star In '2 Days In New York' (Familiar But Still Engaging)

    It becomes available on VOD today... my review:

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    Review - Morgan Freeman Looks Bored In The Sterile 'The Magic Of Belle Isle'

    It opens in theaters today... my review:

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    Savages—movie review

    It isn’t a requirement that you like a movie’s central characters, but it usually helps develop rooting interest. That’s one reason Savages comes up short: it’s difficult to care about anyone. If director and co-writer Oliver Stone had told the story more compactly, or not en...

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    The Magic Of Belle Isle—movie review

    Morgan Freeman’s presence generally makes any film worth seeing, and this is no exception. The fact that The Magic of Belle Isle also offers a benign, family-friendly alternative to harsher summer fare is icing on the cake.

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    The Do-Deca-Pentathlon—movie review

    The Duplass Brothers, Jay and Mark, made their reputation with a series of barely-there indie movies that first attracted attention at the South by Southwest festival. Since then they’ve made films like Cyrus and Jeff, Who Lives at Home with well-known actors, using the same improv techni...

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  • The Playlist
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    New York Asian Film Fest Reviews: 'Vulgaria,' 'The King Of Pigs' & 'Dead Bite'

    Usually the New York Asian Film Festival opens with a film that carries name recognition in the West, either by those involved, or by a familiar genre or trope. In the case of this year’s opener, “Vulgaria,” it’s an increasingly familiar genre, that being the hyper-indulgent, semi-improvisational, l...

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    Review: 'Collaborator' Milks That Old New York-Intellectual-In-LA-Suburb Conflict

    Playwright Robert Longfellow, the lead character in “Collaborator,” is a familiar New York intellectual struggling to produce honest work. Despite notably lucrative side gigs as a Hollywood screenwriter for hire, he hasn’t lived up to what the (fake) Times loudly boasted as a once-hypothetical “the ...

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    Weekend Preview: 'Amazing Spider-Man,' 'Savages,' 'Do-Deca,' 'Collaborator' & More

    In case you haven't seen "Beasts of the Southern Wild" yet, that's still your best bet for an exciting cinematic experience. This holiday weekend's offerings feel tired and uninspired...

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    Review: 'Katy Perry: Part Of Me' Pulls You Into The Performer's DayGlo World

    Katy Perry is a pop sensation like few others in the cultural landscape of 2012 – less arty and pretentious than Lady Gaga, more wholesome and sweet than Rihanna – she is the wayward daughter of a pair of Pentecostal preachers, one who has succeeded with a sugar-sexy shtick that teases just enough t...

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